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Technology-Based Kid Tracking


Published 2007


RFID technology has many (ab-) uses. Amongst them are so called localization services that permit to inventory cattle or to detect lost kids in theme parks. The same approach can also be found in GPS-based tracking services used to follow movements of delinquents on probation. On the other side these techniques seem pretty appealing for parents desiring to track their children to prohibit kidnapping or to locate them after accidents.

Several questions quickly arise though: when should such a 'track your kid' thing be applied, when - if ever - removed? Do we really want to put our children in the panopticon Michel Foucault describes in 'Discipline and Punish'? In which way must we re-think our own responsibilities?

The talk will give an overview of the tools involved and their current state-of-implementation. Using some risk analysis method I will then illustrate potential problems (security-/privacy-wise) and discuss the social implications of this technology.

Enno is an 'old school geek' who loves to explore new protocols and technologies and to research their security aspects. However he not just looks at the inner workings and possible attack paths but tries to understand the technologies. impacts in the structures they.re applied to. He.s a frequent speaker on IT security conferences, author of several articles and whitepapers and - which is one of the reasons for this talk - father of two kids.


Producer Enno Ray
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English


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